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Venues and events in the South East

This section features places and events that might be useful to know about.

The Art House, Southampton
Southampton’s small alternative arts venue that has hosted spoken word and are approachable if you want to put on a show.

Canterbury Festival
Canterbury’s annual celebration of international arts that is open to approaches from spoken word artists.

Whitstable Biennale
Bi-annual celebration of international arts including performance. The biennale also has a fringe festival. The next biennale will take place in 2012.

Brighton Festival Fringe
Brighton-wide celebration of the arts. Features spoken word on a regular basis. Takes place in May.

Winchester Discovery Centre
Holds a quarterly reading session and puts on poetry and Spoken Word events.
In 2011 hosted Winchester Poetry Weekend.
Hampshire Literature Officer: Angela Hicken
Email: Angela.Hicken@hants.gov.uk / www3.hants.gov.uk/wdc.html 

Rye Creative Centre
A primary school converted into an arts complex with artists studios, rehearsal spaces and a performance space. Open to being approached with project or event ideas.

The fringe festival for Oxford, UK, featuring music, literature, comedy and theatre.
Oxfringe 2011 runs from 10-26 June.

Winchester Writers Conference
An annual conference held at Winchester University that features workshops, discussions, readings and networking opportunities. (aimed at writers more than performers)

Ashcroft Arts Centre
Based in Fareham, Hants, this arts centre runs music, comedy and spoken words events as well as workshops for all.

Wise Words Festival, Canterbury
An annual festival of all things wordy throught Canterbury, but primarily in the lovely Greyfriars Gardens off Stour Street. Wsie Words now offer a year-lomg programme of poetry and spoken word.

A lightship converted into an arts and culture venue docked in Gillingham that sometimes hosts poetry and spoken word events.

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